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Ka tirohia e tēnei putanga ngā ara tereina puta noa i te motu, ā, e tōmene ana i ētahi o ā tātou kai huarākau, hua miraka hoki. Ka topa ki te tonga o Waitaha ki te tuku i tētahi whakaaturanga hou.

This issue tracks the rail network around the country and explores some of our fruit and dairy produce. We also head to South Canterbury and share a special new exhibition.

Archival Railways

BB-629 engine.

The Archive is filled with recordings of trains and railways. For a long time, rail was the best (or only!) way to get around New Zealand, and the machinery and infrastructure attracted a large following. We get on track and take an archival tour of the rail network – with some famous and obscure locations.

Trains and Railways

Fresh up – with fruit and dairy

Part of the season's apple crop, July 1907. Courtesy Te Papa.

Kei a Aotearoa ngā momo tōpūtanga tōnui ahuwhenua, ahuone hoki. E hia ngā hua ka kawea ake ki ngā mākete o tāwahi, ko tētahi wāhanga nui, ko te whakatairanga. Ka tirohia e tēnei rangitaki ngā uru huarākau me ngā hua miraka puta noa i te motu.

New Zealand is home to prolific and high-quality agriculture and horticulture industries. Much of what we produce is exported to markets overseas and a big part of that game is advertising. This blog takes a look at orchard crops and dairying across the country.

Pick of the Crop

Neptune Calling

'Neptune Calling' promo image from the Navy Museum.

We're proud to have supplied material to the Navy Museum for their new exhibition Neptune Calling that recalls the 150 young New Zealanders who died when the HMS Neptune was sunk by mines in the Mediterranean during the Second World War. It is the largest loss of life in New Zealand naval history.

A month prior, many of those lost had recorded a personal audio message with Arch Curry from the New Zealand Broadcasting Service. Recordings such as these form part of our taonga ‘U Series’ of wartime reporting. The exhibition is open now.

Neptune Calling

A Trip Around South Canterbury

Aerial view of Timaru, taken 1936 by Leo White.

Take a trip through South Canterbury – Timaru, Geraldine, Temuka and elsewhere – with our film, television and radio recordings. Know someone who would be interested in this collection? Send them an email.

South Canterbury

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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1) BB-629 engine. (2019P_IMCA-DigitalArchive_028153) Courtesy Palmerston North City Library.

2) Part of the season's apple crop, July 1907, Levin, by Leslie Adkin (A.008835). Courtesy Te Papa.
3) Neptune Calling promo image from the Navy Museum.
4) Aerial view of Timaru, taken 1936 by Leo White. (WA-19203-G) Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library.
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